When you start working with OpenCart web shop, you must complete a couple of settings, namely, install Store Manager for OpenCart on you PC, set connection to database (direct or bridge) and connect to FTP.
FTP stands for “file transfer protocol” and powers important function, since it gives you access to information placed on your server and allows to exchange data between your machine and remote server. Any action, related to OpenCart images can’t be performed until you do not configure settings and connect to FTP. Once you are not connected to FTP, you will not be able to view, upload or download images, which evidently, are important components of any web shop.
How to Set FTP Connection?
In order to establish FTP connection and efficiently fulfil operations over OpenCart images with Store Manager for OpenCart, you are supposed to designate details in Preferences -> FTP. When you open Preferences, you can find list of sections to the left. Click on FTP and “FTP Settings” window will come up. The settings to be defined are provided below in this article.
File protocol - define in what way FTP will be implemented, checking radio button for FTP, SFTP, FTPS or FTPES
Server address - provide domain name or server IP address without prefixes or suffixes
User name (login)/Password - input login details, used for authentication. When this information is not accessible, contact your Hosting Company to get details or add FTP user and access details yourself through hosting control panel
Port - there should be 21 specified in this field, though it can differ depending on server settings
Store root directory - input name of root folder that contains all Store Manager files. It can be recognized by image, includes, etc folders.
It is recommended to use passive mode. Check Passive Mode box available in this field and check whether settings have been defined correctly pressing Test Connection button.
Below you can find section, responsible for additional settings, namely, max FTP threads - input number of threads possible, permissions for new folder, permissions for uploaded files.
If you need all the images, you upload to OpenCart, to be copied to local folder, check Cache images on local drive box. In order to enable image cache, click on Clear image cache.
In such a way, any OpenCart image management operation, be it manual product picture upload or, for example, mass image upload via import, requires FTP connection to be set. In a different way you will not get desired outcomes. One more thing to be mentioned is that, Store Manager for OpenCart includes FTP Tasks Queue. If you add images to OpenCart, they form queue in this section, so that you can view task items.
Get to know how to upload numerous images importing them with Store Manager import wizard - http://www.opencartmanager.com/useful-articles/tipstricks/how-to-upload-opencart-images-to-products-in-bulk/